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9 March 2022


Wang appointed Australian Children’s Laureate 2022–23

The Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) has named Gabrielle Wang as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022–23. Melbourne-based Wang is an award-winning author and illustrator... Read more
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Chidgey, Mason longlisted for 2022 Women’s Prize

Aotearoa New Zealand writers Catherine Chidgey and Meg Mason have been longlisted for the £30,000 (A$54,000) Women’s Prize for Fiction. Chidgey, the author of six... Read more

ASA, writers festivals receive RISE funding x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Short Story Festival and the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival have each received funding in the... Read more
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APA: proposed copyright changes would ‘gift’ publishing rights to libraries x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have, in separate responses to the federal government’s proposed copyright amendment bill, highlighted their... Read more


A&U acquires Kostakis YA novel x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired world rights to a new novel by YA author Will Kostakis, We Could Be Something. The queer contemporary YA... Read more
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A&U acquires trans and gender diverse anthology x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to the anthology Nothing to Hide: Voices of trans and gender diverse Australia. Edited by Sam Elkin,... Read more

Stella Count results, ILF moves to Hachette offices, Varuna First Nations Fellowship recipients x

The results of the 2019/2020 Stella Count have revealed gender parity has been achieved for the first time since the count began in 2012. Meanwhile, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has announced Wiradjuri astrophysicist and science communicator Kirsten Banks as the foundation’s new ambassador, as well as a relocation to the Hachette offices in Sydney’s CBD.

Brisbane Writers Festival has announced its 2022 program, which runs 3­–8 May and features over 80 events to celebrate the festival’s 60th year; the Centre for Stories’ journal Portside Review is one of four recipients of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program, receiving $60,000 to be spent over 2022–2023; and the Australian stand at the 2022 Bologna Book Fair is set to feature 15 local publishers.

Varuna has announced the six recipients of this year’s First Nations Fellowships; Naomi Parry Duncan was awarded the $20,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship; and Express Media has selected Munira Tabassum Ahmed as the 2022 Kat Muscat fellow. The winners of the 2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature were announced, and Ockham NZ Book Awards shared the shortlisted titles for this year. In related news, Read NZ Te Pou Muramura has revealed the results from its 2021 National Reading Survey.

In the US, Amazon is set to close all of its 24 physical bookstores, and Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt has revealed that 2021 was a ‘year of solid growth’ for the bookselling chain. Meanwhile, large US publishers will only attend this year’s London Book Fair in a limited capacity. In the UK, the High Court has dismissed a libel claim brought against HarperCollins and author Tom Burgis.

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Australian bookshop tour: Potts Point Bookshop x

Potts Point Bookshop is an award-winning bookseller located in Sydney’s CBD. With staff that have over 50 years of bookselling experience between them, the shop... Read more


George Haddad on ‘Losing Face’ 

George Haddad’s Losing Face (May, UQP) follows the lives of an intergenerational Lebanese-Australian family living in Western Sydney. Told primarily from the perspective of young protagonist Joey,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Nonfiction Exisle Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to Grandparenting Grandchildren (Jane Williams & Tessa Grigg). Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold Korean... Read more


Trending on TikTok ‘The Spanish Love Deception’ cracks top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers House of Sky and Breath (Sarah J Maas, Bloomsbury) Again, Rachel (Marian Keyes, Michael Joseph) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S)... Read more


Losing Face (George Haddad, UQP) x

Following the success of his 2016 Viva La Novella Prize–winning Populate or Perish, George Haddad’s Losing Face is an expansive work written in a staunch... Read more


Root & Branch (Eda Gunaydin, NewSouth) x

Root & Branch is the debut essay collection from Eda Gunaydin, Turkish-Australian scholar and writer of academic and creative nonfiction. It examines with spectacular tenacity and... Read more


Let's Build a Backyard (Mike Lucas, illus by Daron Parton, Lothian Children's Books) x

A companion to Mike Lucas and Daron Parton’s 2021 publication Let’s Build a House, this bouncy book illustrates simple steps to creating a garden—dig, plant,... Read more


Seven Days (Fleur Ferris, Puffin) x

Winner of a Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) for her debut YA novel Risk, Fleur Ferris has subsequently built a reputation for dark and... Read more


Vale Jordie Albiston

Melbourne-based poet Jordie Albiston has died, aged 60. Born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Albiston studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts and... Read more


Vale Shane Warne

Australian cricketer Shane Warne has died, aged 52. Warne was the author of the memoir No Spin (with Mark Nicholas), published by Penguin Random House (PRH)... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine.... Read more

Changes at Ingram x

Brian MacDonald has joined Ingram Content Group Australia as senior manager of sales and client services. MacDonald was previously senior director of marketing and sales... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2022

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the ninth annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2021, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2022. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 25 March 2022.


Australian Playwrights’ Festival

An initiative from Currency Press to mark 50 years as a performing arts publisher, the festival is a public event to celebrate the contribution of our playwrights to the national conversation and will be held 18-20 March in Sydney. More information here.


Publishing industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion launches today

The Australian publishing industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion launches today.

Answers will be anonymous, accessible only to the University of Melbourne researchers. Participants will be asked a number of survey questions about gender, race, culture, sexuality, age, socioeconomic position, location, disabilities, job role and employer. The survey will take around 15–20 minutes to complete.

The survey, along with further information, is available here and open until April 8.

An open briefing session about the research will be held on Friday 11 March at 2.30pm (AEDT). Register here.

Results are expected in June 2022, and will be presented at the BookUp Conference, taking place on 9 June at the ICC Sydney.


Workshop: Using PDF mark-up effectively

Learn to master on-screen PDF mark-up, using the comment tools in Adobe Acrobat.

Trainer: Kevin O’Brien

Series 1: 1–3:30pm, 19 March, and 7–8pm, 22 March



Series 2 (repeat): 1–3pm, 26 March, and 7–8pm 29 March



Sales and distribution

The National Library of Australia have opened a tender for the sales and distribution contract for NLA Publishing. The tender will close on 1 April, 2022 at 2:00pm.

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